Joseph Lau

Lecturer and Assistant Programme Leader
(AD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management)


Mr Lau Yui Yip, Joseph graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and received a BSc (Hons) in International Shipping and Transport Logistics in 2007. He was placed on the Dean List because of his outstanding academic performance during his bachelor degree studies. He received his Master of Science in International Shipping and Transport Logistics from PolyU in 2009.

● Participated in
Trade and Industry Department, China Communications & Transport Association (CCTA), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Institute of Seatransport, Hong Kong Sea Transport and Logistics Association (HKSTLA), and PolyU.
● Research interests: Transport History, Maritime Transport, Air Transport, Port Planning, Supply Chain Management, Green Transport, Maritime Law, Public Transport, Maritime Education and Human Geography.
● Published more than 170 research papers / international journals and professional magazines.
● Contributed 2 books, 7 book chapters and presented numerous papers in international conferences.
● Collaborated with scholars from more than 20 countries and regions spreading over five continents on research projects.
● Secured over HK$ 6.8 million research grants.
● Been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Institute of Seatransport.
● Best Paper Award in international leading conferences.
● Dean Award for Outstanding Research-Scholarly Performance by College of Professional and Continuing Education, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Speech Topic:

Exploring sub-degree students growth mindset:
The way forward to professionalism
The use of competition to foster student learning has been arisen progressively in higher education circumstances. In terms of Hong Kong sub-degree sector, a number of higher education institutions designed and organized various types of competition to encourage professionalism and develop teaching pedagogies. To some extent, competition considers as an incentive scheme that examines students’ comparative performance with peers. Students associate the competition results with the degree of perceived ability.
Specifically, students demonstrate their ability is higher than losers / others and attach their “self-worth” when they gain victory. Hence, top students are highly motivated to try hard so as to support good performance as disclosure of high ability. Some students may select to put lower efforts because they accept success is not promised at all times. When their substantial efforts are followed by low score or poor performance, they will describe themselves as incapable persons.
In the study, it aims to explore: (1) To what extent their professionalism is fostered? (2) How does students’ mindset affect their motivation in competition? To response the research questions, we adopt Maritime Project Award as a case study to conduct in-depth, semi-structured, and face-to-face interview with three main groups of practitioners contains students not being shortlisted, winners and organizer. Academic and managerial implications are given.

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